One of the great challenges of entrepreneurs is to achieve the balance between the business and being a mother. Discover how to succeed in both facets.
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One of the great challenges for many women entrepreneurs is to achieve the balance between work and being a mother. So the biggest challenge is taking care of the children and, at the same time, taking care of your business. This raises the need both to seek support and to better organize day-to-day activities.
Some mothers bet on becoming businesswomen instead of continuing their professional career in a company, because they want to own their time to distribute it equally between their project and home. Instead, others are forced to integrate into working life to obtain extra income and help with household expenses.
In Mexico, more than 11.5 million women are mothers and develop some work activity , according to the National Institute of Professional Mothers (Inamap). In addition, according to the National Survey of Occupation and Employment (Enoe) of the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (Inegi), one in five (18.5%) work more than 48 hours a week.
However, one of the key points for businesswomen to fully develop is to have better child care options. Although you may have started a business with the idea of being closer to your children, it is also true that you will require some moments to work quietly without them distracting you.
What can you do to find the balance you are looking for? Here are some solutions so you can be at the forefront of your company, without worrying that the children are well.
1. Work during your “free” hours. This is the first option, as long as your activity allows it. Depending on your profession, you may be able to do your job while your children attend an afternoon course (or on vacation) or when your husband or family member can take care of them.
2. Shared child care. With so many moms who are housewives and who work, consider sharing childcare. The objective is that each one has some hours of calm that he can take advantage of in the business. For example, each one could take a day or half a day to care for the children of the other. This can be a good opportunity to socialize and support each other.
3. Hire a babysitter. The care of children by a professional is not a cheap service, especially when you hire someone who goes to your home. Therefore, better divide the expense with one or more friends or acquaintances to make it more accessible to all.
If you have your own office and some of your colleagues or employees have children, one option is to allow them to take the children and share a babysitter there. In this way, everyone will save and the little ones will be close to you at work.
4. Daycare centers. These are child care centers located within the premises of a company or very close to them. These places meet all national and international security standards and conform to different work schedules.
Advenio is a clear example. This Mexican company provides the day care service (daily care that includes a pedagogical program) for children between 43 days and four years of age. In addition, it offers the homework service (a safe and productive space during the afternoon) for children from four to seven years. The company already operates in Monterrey, Nuevo León and in Mexico City.
5. Flexible child care centers. The 1,459 nurseries of the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) and the more than 9,400 child stays operated by the Ministry of Social Development (Sedesol), together with the National System for the Integral Development of the Family (DIF), are not enough To meet the demand.
Even this situation opens the opportunity for you to undertake with a center specialized in child care and development. For more information, see the “ Open a daycare ” business plan.